Sorry it's taken so long! Anyway, let's get started! My mom bought me one of these really cool 10 year journals just in time to start it January 1st of this year. I'm really enjoying writing in it. But I am enjoying it even more since I made a pretty cover for it.
this one from Cathie Filian. (Thanks Cathie!) So first, find your decoration and print it out on regular copy paper.
Now it's time to measure. I'll admit that it's been a couple of weeks since I made this and my memory is starting to fail me, but I think I measured how tall my journal was and then added an inch for "seam allowance." (I put that in quotations because you don't really have any inside seams on this project, but you do need some extra vinyl on the outside edge, especially if you're going to trim it with pinking shears at the end like I did.) For the length I measured the front, spine, and back of my journal, then added on several inches on each end for the sleeve that my journal fits into.
Then carefully peal away all of the tape that was holding your decoration on.
Note: this next step is optional. I'm still not really sure if it helped or not. So give it a try if you like, but you'd probably be fine without it.
Enjoy your new book cover! As always, if anyone makes one please leave a link in the comments so we can all see pictures. And if any part of this was confusing please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
Happy writing (or reading)!
*Note: This tutorial works best for soft cover books. If you are covering a hard cover book I recommend this vinyl notebook cover tutorial from Patchwork Posse. And I just want to say that this notebook cover tutorial was definitely part of the inspiration for my soft journal cover tutorial. Thanks for sharing Patchwork Posse! And thanks again and again to Rachel at One Pretty Thing for sharing everyone's projects so we can all be inspired by each other!